Report on BRSC AGM

January 1, 2000

Stadium pledge

Rovers’ chairman Nick Higgs told the Supporters Club annual meeting that he “hoped to make a worthwhile announcement about the stadium within a few months.” In a fan’s forum at the end of the meeting he said “an offer was on the table to finance the regeneration of the stadium.”

But he pointed out that the difference between the residual debt left after that financing is too great to go forward at the moment and that they were looking to see how they can close the gap.

Mr Higgs said:

We put in for building regulations recently but at the moment the finance does not quite add up. The planning permission runs out in November 2011 and we could apply for an extension if we don’t make any changes to the project. But at the moment I don’t think we will need that extension.”

The stadium plan includes several hundred student flats but Mr Higgs added:

There was always a residual gap in the financing but that has grown as rental values have fallen.

“Contractors came up with innovative ideas for how we could retain two sides of the ground and by doing it in two phases we will keep the costs down.
“We try to keep supporters in the picture over the stadium redevelopment but funders want to remain anonymous so we are bound by confidentiality agreements.”

Paul Trollope answered criticism at the forum about the team lacking a leader on the field. He praised the work of captain Stuart Campbell and said:

This season there is better togetherness and spirit in the dressing room with better characters than last season.”

The manager, who became player-coach five years ago this week, was asked why he hadn’t taken the opportunity to bring on some youngsters when Rovers were 3-0 up Dagenham and Redbridge last week.

Mr Trollope said:

It is about doing it at the right time. We knew we were going to be bombarded with long balls in the second half and it was not the ideal scenario to bring on youngsters. In the right games we will get them on.”

Head of youth Ken Oram and under-18 coach Jerry Gill told the forum how the youth section was rapidly expanding and that “it was an exciting time for the club.” Mr Oram added:

 “We believe we have the strongest group of boys in the south west and they will be terrific in a few years to come.”

Earlier SC chairman Jim Chappell paid tribute at the AGM to Ron Craig, Gordon Pearce and Jane Browne who all died in the previous 12 months.

He praised Sandra Jaques for returning to the committee as treasurer following Jane’s death during what had been a very difficult time. Marc Radford was also re-elected to the committee unopposed.

Mr Chappell told the meeting that the committee was investigating the possibility of upgrading the Supporters Club shop on Two Mile Hill.

Dennis Payter

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